Cafe hopes to be ideal recipe for the elderly in Leeds

Holbeck resident Sylvia Greenwood and Emmerdale actress Kelli Hollis
Holbeck resident Sylvia Greenwood and Emmerdale actress Kelli Hollis
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A new cafe is serving up support for old people in Leeds with the help of a grant from the Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Winter Warmth Campaign.

The Heart cafe has been launched at St Matthew’s Community Centre in Holbeck by the Holbeck Elderly Aid group.

It aims to reduce social isolation among the elderly in the area and will initially open every Thursday from 10am to midday, although more hours are planned if it proves a success.

Funding for the scheme has come from a £2,500 grant awarded as part of the Leeds Community Foundation charity’s Winter Warmth Campaign.

And the cafe’s grand opening went down a treat, with actress Kelli Hollis – Ali Spencer in TV soap Emmerdale – on hand to do the honours on the big day.

A spokeswoman for Holbeck Elderly Aid said: “We were so grateful that Kelli was able to come along to support us – and of course we’re delighted with the backing we have had from Leeds Community Foundation.”

Holbeck Elderly Aid is one of more than 30 groups working to help vulnerable people in Leeds that have received grants from the foundation’s most recent Winter Warmth Campaign. During the run-up to Christmas, generous YEP readers helped raise £82,000 for the charity to distribute to schemes caring for the needy over the coldest months of the year.

The campaign was launched after Government funding cuts left the foundation with just £10,000 to hand out in Leeds compared to the £60,000 it had in place at the start of 2013.

Transport can be provided for people who might otherwise struggle to get to the Heart cafe.

For further information, ring Holbeck Elderly Aid on 0113 245 5553.

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